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‘Double Dragon: The Movie’

By Rita Kempley
Washington Post Staff Writer
November 07, 1994


Jim Yukich
Vanna White;
George Hamilton;
Alyssa Milano;
Mark Dacascos;
Scott Wolf;
Robert Patrick
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"Double Dragon: The Movie," as opposed to Double Dragon: the video game, is a Ninja turtle soup of computer gimmicks, karate chops and kiddie Confucianism. While clumsily paced by first-time director Jim Yukich and amateurishly acted, the picture does take place against the imaginative backdrop of New Angeles, the urban archipelago formed when the Big One crumpled Southern California.

Still, life goes on. Tourists line up for a boat trip down the Hollywood River and the downtown suits still go about their business, stopping occasionally to gulp from curb-side oxygen dispensers. But as news anchors Vanna White and George Hamilton repeatedly warn, the NAPD has surrendered the night to the gangs.

They're challenged only by a colorfully attired crew called the Power Corps, led by Marian (Alyssa Milano), a bottle-blond kick boxer in an aqua garter belt and graffiti-decorated waders. The chunky, spunky young miss persuades the orphaned Lee brothers to join the cause. Jimmy (Mark Dacascos), the serious Asian Lee, and Billy (Scott Wolf), the jokey Caucasian Lee, soon confront Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick), a cackling tycoon interested in taking over New Angeles. Why? Because he's bad.

The mystery is linked to an ancient Chinese medallion: Koga Shuko wears one half around his evil neck and is trying to wrest the other half from the Lees. Kick fights and chase scenes ensue as they fight for control of New Angeles and a bright new tomorrow.

Dacascos, Wolf and Milano are so upbeat they might have escaped from a road tour of "Annie." But as karate kids go, they can't quite fill the Turtles' carapaces. It probably won't matter one whit to "Double Dragon's" target audience, which is less concerned with the cast's acting prowess than with its aptitude for the Macaulay Culkin scream.

© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company

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